I. love. built-ins! I really do! Built-ins that are pretty and functional - well that just makes my day. So when talking with our contractor during the remodeling of the house, I asked that he try to maximize the built-in “potential” in every nook and cranny. He did! He constructed a plethora of built-ins all over the house (I’ll share more soon!) ranging from bookshelves to desks to this masterpiece which is by far my favorite.
This was one of the first “real” aspects of the house that was complete during the renovation process and it totally won me over. It’s the first thing you see as you walk in the front door and it makes a great impression. I love everything about it! I don’t even really know what to call it but let me tell you something - it’s practical, it’s decorative, and it’s oh so necessary in an old home with limited closet space. We don’t have a coat closet on the main level, so we really do utilize this as a closet. All of our shoes go in the storage under the bench, our coats on the hooks and our hats/gloves/etc go in the baskets above.
OK, so the built-ins are great but there’s more! I’d always loved the Restoration Hardware light fixtures I saw in their magazine, but with a contractor imposed budget, my allowance was not going to cover my lavish taste. Instead, I went on the hunt for a look alike fixture.
$550 Restoration Hardware fixture vs. $170 Lowe’s fixture.
I think I win! I know it’s not an exact match but I actually like mine better because it’s more substantial and industrial looking.
To round out the entry I bought a brightly patterned rug from Joss & Main that compliments the color scheme of the house and hides dirt very well. Plus it’s easy to clean which is great because between Lucy’s paws and plenty of visitors shoes, I needed something that wouldn’t be ruined easily. I am not a proponent of having guests take off their shoes when they come in the house. I hate when I have to take off my heels at other people’s houses and trot around bare foot, especially in the winter. Brr! On the other hand, I don’t like the thought of tracking germs throughout the house. So a big, dark colored rug that provides a nice buffer (at least in my head) makes this Type A girl look like I can just go with the flow.
Our rug is an indoor/outdoor rug which I am now understanding is a perfect solution for heavy traffic areas.
Anyway, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to see the progression of the lovely entry.
…and with my tchotchkies which includes framed wedding pictures, an elephant statue (facing the front door for good luck), a tray to drop car keys, and my storage baskets.
Truth be told, it’s never this clean or organized. There are usually groceries, a trillion coats and scarves, and shoes everywhere. That’s life. But it certainly helps to have a place to hide our mess when we want to pretend that we’ve got it together.